Customizing the Survey Link in Email Invitations
Description: Describes some advanced ways to customize the survey link in the email invitations that are sent out through Vista.
Changing the survey link
When composing your email message for sending emails through Vista (see Sending Email Invitations from Vista), you can customize the survey link in the following ways:
- To edit the text of the hyperlink, enter your text between the [%% and %%] tags.
- Example: [%%Click here to start our Customer Survey%%]
- To display the hyperlink address rather than text, remove all text between the [%% and %%].
- To make the link an SSL link (i.e. https://secure.example.com), add the text
https: before the link text.
- Example: [%%https:Please click here to start the survey%%]
Adding Parameters to the survey link
You can add parameters to the survey link and then capture data passed into the survey through the URL and use the data in your survey. For information about capturing and using URL parameters in a survey, see Using URL Parameters in a Survey.
- To add your own parameters to a clickable link with your own custom text, place them in the [%%Click here to start our Customer Survey%%] with an ampersand [&] at the beginning of the parameters.
- Example: [%%Yes I will be attending this event [&vote=Yes]%%] or [%%No I will not be attending this event [&vote=No]%%]
- Separate multiple parameters with the ampersand also. Example: [%%Yes I will be attending this event [&vote=Yes&name=[%Name%]%%]
- To add your own query parameters to the link, place them between the [%% and %%] codes with an ampersand (&) at the beginning and between parameters.
- Example: [%%&pid=11111&cs=1%%]
- The link text will display the URL.
- You can even use field merge codes to pass dynamic data into query parameters.
- Note that in most cases you won't need to pass parameters into the survey because all invitation fields are automatically available as pipe codes within the survey (for example, [%Name%]).
- To add the URL as plain text that is not a clickable link, place noanchor between the [%%%%] tags.
- Example: [%%noanchor%%]
- You can also add parameters to the noanchor code with an ampersand [&] at the beginning of the parameters. Since the link is plain text, the parameters can go in the noanchor code or after the noanchor code. If the parameters are inserted after the noanchor code then the  are not used.
- Example: [%%noanchor[&p1=Yes&p2=No]%%] or [%%noanchor%%]&p1=Yes&p2=No